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We aim to create a warm, ambitious literary community at the Muse. This is where we will share both local and national opportunities for Teen Writers. Check this page regularly as it will be updated.

We just went live with our class schedule for Summer 2021.

Tuition Assistance is always available. All of our classes will be virtual, so you can join from anywhere.

Muse Opportunities

Just A Phase Literary Journal April 1st Deadline

You can submit to our literary journal. Our anthology of teen writing is open to submissions from any high schooler local to the Hampton Roads Area. This is a great chance to have your work published. The deadline is April 1st.

Teen Fellowship

This program is open to any 10th or 11th grader local to the Hampton Roads area. Those selected have access to free creative writing classes and mentorship from professional writers. We are in the middle of our current session, but will open up applications for our next one soon.


We offer a number of opportunities for students to receive hands-on experience with us, one of the nation's largest literary centers. Right now, we are looking for an Editorial Intern to join us to assist with the publication of our literary journal Just A Phase.


We offer a variety of teen-specific classes. We just launched our summer schedule. For more information, watch the video above!


We regularly host teen readings (now virtually!) If you'd like to read at one, contact our Youth Coordinator Remy Smidt at



Outside Opportunities

Youth Poet Laureate March 20th deadline

Teens with a Purpose is currently accepting submissions for youth ages 14-19. Applicants must submit three original poems or video tape of them performing their three poems. At least one poem should be about social justice. Include a short applicant biography with name, city, school, contact information for both applicant and guardian or teacher. Document should detail all social & civic engagement as well as any related accomplishments, awards or recognitions. Email subject line: YPL 2021. Virtual judging will take place on April 9th. 

Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship March 22nd Deadline

Now in its ninth year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an online program that pairs established writers with high school students (including graduating seniors) and gap year students (high school class of ’20 or ’21) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing.

The 2021 program will cater to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir, and spoken word. Apply here.

Submit To Journals

New Pages aggregates most of the literary anthologies that are open to teen submissions. Send out your work!

Grub Street Summer Fellowship

(the deadline passed, but keep in mind for next year!)

New England Young Writers’ Conference

(canceled, but keep in mind for next year!)